2016 Lambert Award Goes to Nevada City’s Paul Emery

Nevada City musician, producer and broadcaster Paul Emery has been selected as the recipient of the 27th Annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award.

The prestigious Lambert Award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life. The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day Parade.

The Marching Presidents announce the award each year on the eve of the annual Constitution Day Parade, in which they participate. This year’s 50th annual parade rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Emery’s selection was announced by Marching Presidents founder and organizer David Parker, who commented, “Nevada City has become known as a center of culture here in Northern California. Paul Emery has played a huge role in that. He has promoted local artists and brought many outstanding musical talents to our unique foothill community. All the while, he has been a driving force behind our community radio station KVMR.”

Emery, based in Nevada City since 1976, pursued a career as a musician, playing locally and touring for many years with his group, Backwoods Jazz. They did four European tours and played for the Queen of England during a state visit to Sacramento.

During the 90s, he focused his efforts on musical production and has since produced hundreds of shows in Nevada City and Grass Valley. He produced the former North Columbia Folk Festival for six years and spent several years with Center for The Arts. Most recently, Paul Emery Productions has been putting on the “Nevada City Live” series and “1000 Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen,” both now in their fifth year.

He has been an active broadcaster at KVMR since 1998. He hosts the weekly Tuesday Morning Show (7-10am) and has served as the station’s news director since 2009.

“The Famous Marching Presidents are very proud to honor Paul Emery with our 27th Annual Lambert Award,” said Parker.

“I am very honored,” said Emery. “I’m into community life and doing things for the community. It’s just what I do. I love this town. It’s wonderful and endlessly engaging.   There are lots of people like me. We’re all doing something for our community and that’s what makes the community what it is.”

Past Lambert Award recipients are retired city manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr., former mayor and city clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, longtime parade organizers George and Pat Harper, city councilman and former mayor Pat Dyer, the late real estate broker Jim Mackey, local writer Dave Carter, Chamber of Commerce executive manager Cathy Whittlesey, former mayor Steve Cottrell, businessman Bob Buhlis, retired Nevada County general services director Dennis Cassella, John Christensen, a leader of community efforts to establish the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; cartoonist R.L. “Crabman” Crabb, business owners Lee and Susan Thurston, Nevada City public works director Verne Taylor, the late historian Edwin Tyson, the late folksinger/activist U Utah Phillips, city engineer Bill Falconi, Marching Presidents organizer Patti Foster, retired school administrator Karen Chizek, musician Mikail Graham, retired county librarian Madelyn Helling, local builder Gary Tintle, former mayors Paul Matson and Reinette Senum, and Nevada City Film Festival Director Jesse Locks. Marching Presidents founder David Parker was honored with the group’s 20th anniversary award.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. For reliable information on U.S. Presidents, see www.americanpresident.org

Touchdown Productions Celebrates 20 Years!

The 20th Year is in full swing with The Constitution Day Parade on schedule to be exclusively seen at touchdownproductions.com on September 11th!

In the beginning it was exciting. No one had ever attempted to put the NU Miners on TV before. Not just for one game, but to provide a weekly telecast where the community could tune in and see their sports hero’s perform. And, when we did that it was like showing people what the wheel looked like.

In those first years, every game, every sport, was a ground breaking event and first of it’s kind. And so it came to pass that there was the first football game, first Volleyball, first basketball games for both boys and girls. Later we added baseball, softball, wrestling, swimming, and even track and field. We would produce two shows on the same night like, wrestling and basketball simultaneously. We’ve witnessed, recorded and preserved last minute victories and seen victory snatched away in the final seconds in to defeat.

So what are the sports highlights over a 20-year slice of Nevada County history? They are too numerous to mention. But looking back thru the prism of time you realize everything is cyclical and no wave of success lasts forever. The NU years of ’04 and ‘05 certainly stand out as the high water mark for that program. With famous Nevada County sports names like Roenicke, Havner, Daley, Butterfield, Woodruff, Miraldi and Sauer, there was a sense of invincibility as each sport was dominate and they all rolled in one after another.

Ten consecutive NU wrestling titles, league championships in football, softball, basketball and other sports filled our broadcast hours. League titles and playoff games at Bear River and Placer have also dominated the era.

Like I said, to mention one moment is to leave out hundreds from Bear River, Placer and Colfax sports. So, as we begin our 20th year of sports excellence we will continue to scour the past and bring the great plays to life. We have posted several of these moments online already and will post many more as we celebrate the rich history of our area throughout the entire year of our 20th Anniversary. Not just in sports but community events as well. Our community history is a rich tapestry of events and people, sports and arts that we have been blessed to offer to our viewers each week through the commitment of our local sponsors who carry the freight so you can see history being made. Thank you for watching us watch you and your lives. As always tune in each week to touchdownproductions.com to see what happens next.

Gil Dominguez is the founder of TouchDownProductions.com and can be reached at gil@touchdownproductions.com.

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16th Annual Nevada City Film Festival September 8th through 11th

NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.

This September 8-11, the award-winning Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) celebrates its 16th year, with an exciting and ambitious program that explores the human condition through creative and artistic filmmaking, while also delving into new frontiers of storytelling such as virtual reality.

NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.   The festival was also recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth the submission fee.

This year, NCFF features 60+ award winning short and feature length films including a 10-year anniversary screening of Little Miss Sunshine with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris, 35+ visiting filmmakers, a free (for the kids) Saturday morning children’s program, Best of the Fest outdoor screening of at Ol’ Republic Brewery with food trucks and live music, and finally, the highly anticipated cinematic Virtual Reality showcase presented by NCFF and Kaleidoscope International VR Film Festival.

“Every year people ask what the theme of the film festival is, and every year I reply with, ‘the best in independent cinema’,” explains Festival Director Jesse Locks.  “This year though, there was a common thread that connected many of the films, and that was the pursuit of happiness.”

This year’s official selections promise to inspire and provoke festival-goers not only with the sometimes true stories shared, but by the creative and ingenious filmmaking methods and mediums in which they are told.

The festival kicks off Thursday, September 8 (7:30pm) at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with the groundbreaking, feature length documentary film, Of Shark and Man.  The film is about director David Diley, a thirty-two year old man, trapped in a dead end job in England’s industrial north.  His life is going nowhere, until he decides to pursue his lifelong dream to get closer than anyone thought possible, to the world’s biggest Bull Sharks and tell the incredible untold story of Shark Reef in Fiji, one of the greatest marine conservation successes of all time.

The film has received international acclaim including accolades for its soundtrack and use of music, which features the talents of local music producer, David Lawrie.  For the film, Lawrie created an immensely rich sound design where the “character” of each shark species is sonically represented giving the viewer a sense of being completely immersed under water with the sharks at Shark Reef.

Other Films at the Festival

The compelling documentary Crossing Bhutan tells the story of four veteran athletes’ journey to explore Bhutan’s enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness by making the first 485-mile, border-to-border crossing of this isolated kingdom entirely by foot and bike. Crossing Bhutan has two screenings in the “Adventure Program” on opening night, Thursday, September 8 (5:30pm) at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and then again on Saturday, September 10 (1pm) at the Nevada Theatre.

This program also features the riveting short documentary Above All Else, which tells the tale of skydiver Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld and how he managed to overcome a life-altering accident in order to pursue his stratospheric dreams.  The film is directed by Yali Sharon and features a spectacular slow motion skydiving scene shot on the RED Dragon at 200fps by Craig O’Brien, the man behind the skydiving segments for Ironman, Godzilla, and Kingsman. Local Director of Photographer Eric Gillespie also worked on the film.

In The Ataxian, one man shows the world that it is possible to take action and find hope under even the most life-threatening and daunting of circumstances.  At age 17, Kyle Bryant, a Bear River High School graduate, was diagnosed with the relatively unknown progressive neuromuscular disease, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), for which there was no medication, nor cure.  When he is finally relegated to a wheel chair, Bryant decides that enough is enough. He enlists the help of three friends, Sean—who also has FA—John and Mike, and they embark on the “toughest bike race in the world,” the Race Across America (RAAM). The audience accompanies Bryant and his relay bike team through magnificent sweeping landscapes and the unbreakable spirit of a life-changing cross-country trip that shows: life is about how we react.  The Ataxian is directed by Nevada Union High School graduates Kevin Schlanser and Zack Bennett.  It screens Saturday, September 10 (3pm) at the Nevada Theatre.

NCFF teamed up with the Roamin Angels car club to present Havana Motor Club, a personal, character-driven story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution. It tackles how Cuba’s recent reforms — the owning of property, allowance of small businesses, and greater exchange between Cubans, Cuban Americans, tourists, and other foreigners — have affected the lives of these racers and their families. Through the experiences of these racers and their community, Havana Motor Club explores how Cuba is changing today, and also what its future holds in light of Obama’s recent move to normalize relations with the island nation.  The film screens Saturday, September 10 (5:30pm) at the Nevada Theatre. Filmmakers and race car drivers will be in attendance.

NCFF’s closing night film is the award-winning documentary The Happy Film, co-directed by NCFF alumnus Ben Nabors and the late Hillman Curtis, about famed designer Stefan Sagmeister’s wild, unsettling pursuit of bliss, which screens on Saturday, September 10 (8pm) at the Nevada Theatre.  Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues three controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

Short Films

NCFF is best known for its award-winning short film programs including documentary, narrative, foreign, animation and children’s.  These films come from nearly every continent in the world.  The medium of short films are an important one for filmmakers where they are able to experiment and prepare to make their first feature-length films.  Rarely are short films screened on a big screen, but at NCFF they take center stage.

Special Events

On Friday, September 9 (7:30pm) at the Nevada Theatre, Grass Valley native, director Jonathan Dayton, along with partner Valerie Farris, will host a special 10-year anniversary of their feature-length debut Little Miss Sunshine.  The crossover indie hit starring Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin premiered at Sundance in 1996 and quickly became a smash success grossing $100.5 million and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.  Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families ever seen on motion picture screens. Together, the motley six-member family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreaks, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarrely funny landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.

The Kaleidoscope Showcase at the NCFF, Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 (all-day) at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, is a curated exhibition of the best in story-driven virtual reality. This exhibition has showcased at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes, and in cities such as New York, London, San Francisco, Tokyo, Madrid, and now Nevada City!  The creator of Bright Shadows, Michael Catalano, will be in attendance to discuss his project and the evolving art form of virtual reality.

On Sunday, September 11 (7pm), NCFF wraps this year’s festivities with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening at the Ol’ Republic Brewery.  Enjoy food from Fatbelly Taqueria and Buffalo Boys BBQ, live music from Strictly Business, award-winning beer and the winners of this year’s festival including the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.

“Every year, we strive to create a unique space where filmmakers and festival-goers can come to be inspired, amazed, provoked and excited by the art of filmmaking and the technology being used to share these powerful stories,” says Locks.  “Ideally, we will all, in some way, connect and be moved by something we see or experience, and carry that feeling in how we go about our lives, approach our craft, or see the world in the days and months following the festival.”

WHEN: Thursday – Sunday, September 8-11, 2016

WHERE: Historic Locations throughout Nevada City including Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street; Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street; and Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS: Tickets $10 GA/$8 Student & NCFF Members for individual screenings, Early Bird Festival Passes $59 (limited to 200, available until 9/1), $89 GA/$79 Student & NCFF Members Festival Passes.  Advance tickets available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF HQ 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City.






HAALo presents Introduction to Herbalism Sampler Series

HAALO Herb Shoppe Introduction to Herbalism Sampler Series

September 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 2016

This September, HAALo, Herb Shoppe in downtown Nevada City, will present a fun and informative class series for the beginner interested in home herbalism and learning more about the health benefits of herbs.

This introduction to the world of western herbalism will give attendees the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist.  The class series can be taken separately or combined with other classes to further enhance the student’s interest and knowledge in home herbalism.  Each class is taught by one of HAALo’s professional staff herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and/or flower essence therapists.

The series begins with Introduction to Herbs, a broad overview of home-scale herbalism and provide techniques and guidelines for incrementally expanding your herbal repertoire in a fun, joyful, and safe manner.

The series continues with three classes on flower essences.  Flower essences are extremely diluted extracts from flowers that are used to improve the emotional, spiritual, and physical health of people and animals. They contain no scent or perfume and should not be confused with essential oils or herbal tinctures.

Also offered is an Introduction to Homeopathy, or the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. There is also a class on Creating a Homeopathic Apothecary for Winter where students will learn to use the top 10-15 remedies for common fall and winter ailments and illnesses.

Space is limited to 18 students.  Pre-registration is strongly suggested.  Classes are conveniently offered in either the morning from 9-11am or evenings 5:30-7:30pm.  More classes are being added daily, go to www.haalo.org for a complete list of September’s classes and registration information.

Class Descriptions:

Introduction to Herbs – September 14

Herbal medicine offers an effective, safe, sustainable and joyful alternative to many over-the-counter drugs. How do you confidently use herbs at home for health and wellness? This class will offer a broad overview of home-scale herbalism and provide techniques and guidelines for incrementally expanding your herbal repertoire in a fun, joyful, and safe manner.

Topics include: introduction to the practice of home-scale herbalism; an introduction to commonly used garden, landscape and kitchen herbs; a discussion of common ailments that are reasonable to treat at home with herbs, and safety issues.

At the end of class, you will have a deeper understanding of home scale herbalism and specific ideas as to how to incorporate more herbal medicine into your daily life. You will also receive a list of trusted references to expand your practice.

Introduction to Flower Essences – September 20

Students will learn the origins and history of these gentle botanical remedies. We will discuss the nature of vibrational healing and why these essences are effective in areas that modern medicine has not been able to heal. We will also cover how to use them properly, when to take them and at which dosages, and how to use the essences which are best suited for your personal needs. Students will take home knowledge of different flower essences and the healing properties associated with each one.

The Art of Making Flower Essences – September 21

In this class, students will learn how to make flower essences, the vibrational echo to herbalism. Using tools from your very own kitchen, we will lightly review how the essences work and mainly focus on creating a harvest kit, choosing the right tools that are non-metallic, preparation of live life-force water, imprinting with prismatic light and sound resonance and finally, choosing the right flower. Students will also learn the difference between Mother, Stock and Dosage bottles and proper labeling of each. After completing this class, you should confidently be able to make your own flower essences from the bounty of nature around us.

Flower Essence Apothecary for the Fall/Winter Season – September 22

Learn about what flower essences may best benefit you during the fall/winter season, and which ones may best work in your own personal apothecary. In this class, we will cover issues such as why we tend to hold on to certain sicknesses, and what essences may help to alleviate that tendency or how to strengthen ourselves emotionally against getting sick. We will also cover the emotional issues of Winter- anxiety, depression, lethargy, etc., and Holiday survival- essences for family gatherings, preparing for difficult family interactions, and essences for staying organized for the holidays. This will be a fun class in which you can find inspiration to transition into the season with ease!

Introduction to Homeopathy – September 27

This class demystifies homeopathy and gives an introduction to homeopathy for those who want to begin using homeopathy at home.  Topics we will cover are:

·      What is homeopathy?

·      History and discovery of homeopathy

·      How homeopathic medicines are made

·      How do homeopathic medicines work

·      Which potencies and dosages to use

·      Advantages of using homeopathic remedies

·      How to properly take and store homeopathic remedies

Creating a Homeopathic Apothecary for Winter – Thursday, September 29

In this class students will learn how to create a basic homeopathic kit to use for winter illnesses.  They will also learn to use the top 10-15 remedies for common fall and winter ailments such as fevers, colds, sore throats, coughs (Including whooping cough), earache and chickenpox.  We will also cover dose, how to select potency and when to repeat or switch to a different remedy.

Ol’ Republic Presents First Annual Bikes & Beer Show

Bikes & Beer Show – September 24th – 12 noon to 5pm

All motorcycles are welcome, old, new, chopped, modified, trailer queens and daily riders!
Live Music from Rockabilly Love Cats
Food from Vietnamese food truck No Pho King Way
All ages welcome and it’s a free event


San Francisco “Destination Nevada County” Opportunity


Good Morning,

I am reaching out as we are producing a Destination Nevada County and Cathy and I are working on putting together a Nevada City Page.  This destination section will be published on September 18th to promote the region to our Sunday readership which reaches over 1.5 million people in the Bay Area.  We are looking forward to the section coming out and we know it will be a great section for the readers!

This section will feature content on things to do, where to eat, drink and play all throughout the Nevada County Area thru the fall and winter months.  These are some of our most popular sections and the readers love to keep these and plan their weekends around them!

We are looking forward to having Nevada City have a strong presence in the section – currently we have over 6 business committed.  The page will feature a map and each business will receive a logo, website, phone and address.  Each business will pay $250 to participate and receive equal billing on the page.  We look forward to your participation!

In the next few days either myself or Karl will be reaching out to you for your participation on Cathy’s behalf.  I will be up in Nevada City next Wednesday should you want to see a hard copy of a destination section, or meet in person to discuss other options.

See example of Napa County below to get a feel as to how your advertising will be presented.



Marketing Consultant
Representing Napa Valley, Lake County
Sacramento, SLO & Nevada County
C: 415.744.4523


Don’t Miss Nevada City Uncorked This Saturday, August 27th!!

A Historic Wine & Food Experience

Saturday, August 27th, 1-4:00 p.m.

Nevada City’s Uncorked is a walk-about-town style wine and food event that includes 19 different venues featuring 19 wineries and one brewery throughout the downtown area.

Whether it is a cool and shady spot overlooking Deer Creek, a charming backyard garden, one of the oldest wine bars in California, a crystal and glass shop, art gallery, historic location, or a view from a balcony overlooking Broad Street, Uncorked offers a timeless and tasty view into the heart of Nevada City.

If you are new to the wines of the northern Sierra Foothills, Uncorked is a great opportunity to discover the local wine scene with a rare gathering of 19 local wineries from North Placer and Nevada Counties. In addition to pouring their award winning wines, each winery will feature their newest release. It’s a terrific way to taste what all your favorite wineries are up to, like Smith Winery who recently won Best Primitivo in California at the California State Fair.

It’s also an introduction to our region’s newest wineries. This year two wineries, Sierra Sky Winery from the Lake of the Pines area and Woodcut Winery in Nevada City will make their world debuts at Uncorked. That follows in the footsteps of Gray Pine Winery and Katoa Cellars who made their debuts last year at Uncorked.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association.


To avoid a $10 surcharge on the day of the event, a limited number of $35 advance tickets are available at sierravintners.com or by calling the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-655-NJOY(6569) from 9-5 Monday-Friday, 11-4 Saturday, and 11-3 most Sundays. The best “insider” deal is the $30 ticket for Wine Club members of participating wineries.

Each Uncorked ticket includes a commemorative wine glass sponsored by Nevada City Winery, plus five food tickets. Additional food tickets are available for purchase at the event. Be sure to buy a few raffle tickets and enter to win one of three Nevada City vacation prizes.

Conflict Resolution Center to Hold 3-Day Beginning Mediation Training

Are you a good listener? Want to improve your negotiation skills? Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County (CRC) will hold their popular three-day beginning mediation training on October 20, 21, and 22, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, at the Association of Realtors Building, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

During this 25-hour basic mediation skills training, participants will learn how to convene and open a mediation, facilitate communication, encourage problem solving, balance neutrality and fairness, and much more. Participants will discover effective ways to settle differences and mediate disputes across a variety of contexts. This program will provide participants with core mediation skills and training, along with hands-on experience as a mediator in a variety of simulations.

This training is beneficial for anyone over 18 years of age.

For over twenty years, CRC has worked with the residents, businesses and organizations of Nevada County to find common ground. CRC is a non-profit provider of conflict resolution and mediation training. CRC mediates for the civil and small claims courts of Nevada County as well as private mediation with a sliding scale fee.

The cost to litigate disputes is enormous. Statistics have proven time and time again that mediation resolves more disputes in less time for less money and with less stress. Trained mediators help the disputants as neutral third parties by facilitating communication and resolving disputes whereby the disputants can craft their own agreement.

BBS Internship hours possible. MCLE credits approval pending. (Additional fees for credits collected at time of event.) Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate as a certified mediator.

Early Bird Registration (ends September 1) $295 per registrant; Regular Registration $325; group discounts and limited scholarships are also available. Registration includes lunch and snacks.

Register online at www.ResolveConflicts.org or call 530-477-6517 for further information.

San Francisco Mime Troupe Performs at Pioneer Park August 26th

Paul Emery and the Miners Foundry Present The San Francisco Mime Troupe ~ “Schooled”

Paul Emery and the Miners Foundry present the Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe in a special twilight performance, outdoors, at Pioneer Park in Nevada City on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Founded in 1959, the San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater; their work is political satire and anything but silent. The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do silent pantomime. They mean ‘mime’ in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk, sing, and make a lot of noise. They are satirists; seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life and at the same time, see their causes. They perform everywhere from public parks to palaces of culture, aiming to reach the broadest possible audience.

The troupe will open their 57th Season with “Schooled”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe, and starring Velina Brown, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Rotimi Agbabiaka and Lisa Hori-Garcia.

Education.  It’s like the weather.  Everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it.  That’s how Lavinia Jones feels about her son Thomas’ new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High.  Decades of funding cuts have resulted in old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and underpaid teachers, making Roosevelt exactly the sort of public school that has failed students time and time again.  Isn’t it time for something … efficient?  Efficient is exactly what Fredersen Babbit, from Learning Academy for Virtual Achievement (LAVA Corp.) promises to bring to the district.  New technology, remote learning, computer-generated teachers, LAVA promises to put the “virtual” in achievement!  But with kids learning from home, do we need all these empty schools?  And with privatization on the line, a Wall Street heavy hitter on one side, and a feisty octogenarian teacher on the other, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum.

Are schools the last chance for democracy, or is education the next frontier for profit?  Can we trust a politician’s public/private plan to replace an out-of-date system, or is there something even more sinister than privatization going on behind the doors of LAVA?  And wait = when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and armbands?  When it comes to the real plan for the future of education – and of our democracy – are we all about to get … Schooled?

Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs as well as outside food and nonalcoholic beverages to the show.  No glass may be brought into Pioneer Park.  No outside alcohol is allowed.  Alcohol may be purchased at the bar.  Coolers, picnic baskets, backpacks, and bags are subject to search.

When: Friday, August 26, Gates 6:30pm, Music 7:00 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Park, 421 Nimrod Street, Nevada City, CA

Tickets: $20.00, Tickets available online at www.minersfoundry.org or in person at the Miners Foundry and BriarPatch CoOp, or by phone (530) 265-5040


Free “Last But Not Least” Concert at Pioneer Park August 28th

Nevada County Concert Band Presents Free Concert
5:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday August 28, 2016 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City

The Nevada County Concert Band presents #3 in its 4-part Picnic Pops concert series on Sunday August 28 at 5:00pm at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park. Through big band, classic, jazz, folk, and popular music, the theme “Last But Not Least,” celebrates runners-up, the late-starters, and those who are of equal importance even if listed at the end.

As part of his award’s requirement, Foote Scholarship recipient Braeden Ames will perform by conducting the dynamic work “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter. The concert also features selections from the Broadway shows “Camelot,” “Hello, Dolly,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Phantom of the Opera,” plus several college fight songs. Two vocalists return to spice up the Gershwin tunes, and you’ll definitely want to hear the French horn solo! Back for a second time is Twisted Licorice, one of the band’s small ensembles, to perform the jazz standard “Misty,” and everyone loves the band’s lively Dixieland ensemble Stamp Mill Stompers.

If you’ve always wanted to be a musician (or maybe you want to relive your past music performances), a door prize includes a seat within the band. Marches include the descriptive “Napoleon’s Last Charge” and the bullfighting song “El Relicario,” and then the audience can march to the kitty during “The Little Giant.” Don’t miss the sing-along medley of Queen songs that includes “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We are the Champions.” Last but not least is Hans Zimmer’s intriguing theme from the film “Gladiator.”

Come with your picnic, or enjoy treats from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. This concert is free, accessible, and great for all ages. The concert’s music list and more information is posted on the band’s website at http://nccb.org, or contact us at 530-272-6228, nccband@yahoo.com, or on Facebook.


Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 27th Annual Sierra BrewFest

27th Annual Sierra BrewFest, Saturday, August 27, 3:00 – 6:30pm at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Sierra BrewFest is Known for Showcasing Small Microbreweries in Northern California

This year’s roster features over 100 hand-crafted beers, many of them award-winning, such as Ol’ Republic Brewery who took home “Best of Show” for their Dead Canary at this year’s California State Fair. Dead Canary beat out 309 competitors in the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition. Other participating breweries include Hanger 24, Eel River Brewing Company, Crispin Cider Company, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Three Forks Brewery, Ol’ Republic Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company, Erdinger Weissbräu, Lost Coast Brewing Company, New Belgium, Wildcard Brewing, Tap It Brewing Company, and many more.

“One of California’s oldest beer festivals continues to impress with its great selection of craft beers and pine tree-shaded fairground location,” says Tom Dalldorf of Celebrator Beer News. “There is no better way to spend a late-August afternoon.

” This unique microbrew tasting experience includes unlimited beer tastings, a Bag-O tournament, and delicious food from local and regional food trucks and restaurants including Way Yum Sushi, Xochimilico Mexican, Lazy Dog Ice Cream, Big B BBQ, An Honest Pie, Hucks Hollow Farm gourmet crackers, Sierra Concessions garlic fries.

Enjoy live music from Nevada County’s favorite band, SoLS Band, performing a blend of rock, pop, country, swing and blues. Featuring the soulful vocals of Doug Sowell, one of the best singers and entertainers in Northern California, SoLSwill keep you on the dance floor with its infectious grooves, surprising song selection, tight arrangements and spontaneous audience interaction.

The Sierra BrewFest is an important fundraiser for Music in the Mountains’ education programs.

Tickets available online at www.musicinthemountains.org, by phone at MIM Box Office at (530) 265-6124 or in person MIM Box Office 530 Searls Ave, Nevada City, BriarPatch Co-op, and SPD Markets

For more information and a complete list of participating breweries go to www.musicinthemountains.org


Constitution Day Photo Exhibit Opens In Nevada City City Hall

Constitution Day Parade Celebrates 50 Years in Photography

A photo exhibit celebrating the Golden Anniversary of Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade is now open in the foyer of Nevada City Hall.  The display includes 35 photos of scenes from the very first parade through last year’s event. The parade was founded in 1967 by the late Col. Bill Lambert, a Nevada City resident and member of the Nevada City Masonic Lodge.

Contributors to the exhibit include Dave Carter, Dennis Cassella, R.L. Crabb, Peter Darnall, George Harper, John Hart, Barbara McHugh, David Parker, Beryl P. Robinson Jr., Stuart Shepse and the Col. Bill Lambert Collection, Doris Foley Historical Library. The exhibit has been organized by the Nevada City Constitution Day Committee as part of this year’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

The parade, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, caps a two-day celebration that includes Revolutionary War reenactments, a downtown outdoor concert by the Nevada County Concert Band and the 49er Rotary Club’s 25th Annual Gold Country Duck Race.  Special guest in this year’s parade is Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi, winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500.

The exhibit is open to the public during normal business hours.

For information on this year’s festivities, see www.nevadacitychamber.com or call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at (530) 265-2692.

Golden Road Radio Hour Show at the Nevada Theatre August 24th

Golden Road Radio Hour Launch
Intersection of Arts, Environment, Health, Peace & Justice and Science & Technology

Don’t miss a series of events for the official launch of the Golden Road Radio Hour Show. They start on Wednesday, August 10th, where you can attend a live audience show at the Historic Nevada Theatre. On August 17th there is the second live audience show that will be broadcast on KVMR 89.5 FM from 7 to 10pm. On August 24th the third show at the Nevada Theatre that will be broadcast online via Live Stream video at NCTV and online that will be watched by a global audience. These shows start with an opening concert at 7pm and conclude at 10pm.

“Two of these theater events will be broadcasted, one online and the other on radio and live video stream and will feature a variety of live music, speakers, entertainers, educators and audience participation. Many have said its like Prairie Home Companion, Ted Talks, & E Town had a child but with our own unique gold country flavor ” said Michael DiMartino, founder and executive producer of the Golden Road Radio Hour. The focus of the show is community and a portion of each event will also help to raise funds for several local non-profits.

The Golden Road Radio Hour is a newly formed, locally based & nationally reaching radio show. The show is a collaboration between dozens of different organizations & individuals committed to exploring the intersection of the arts, environment, health, peace & justice and science & technology. The mission of the Golden Road Radio Hour is to build a better future through education, individual empowerment, community building, and positive social change. Our slogan is “Bridging the past with today for a better tomorrow”.

For more information go to  www.GoldenRoadRadioHour.com or call 530-270-9169


Beautiful with Katia – Fashion Show August 17th

“Women’s Clothing and Accessories Beautiful with Katia”

Just 6 months ago, a consignment boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories opened in Nevada City, featuring natural materials including silk, cashmere, cotton and linen. Free style consultations are offered with professional stylist Katia. Join the fun at the Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City and see how Katia can put the perfect styles together just for you!



Food Love Project Potluck & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration – August 18

Join Sierra Harvest for Another Great Farm Potluck

AND our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Thursday, August 18th

You won’t want to miss this potluck! Join us at 5:30 for a farm tour with Farmer Maggie McProud, and potluck starts at 6pm. Volunteer appreciation program begins at 6:30pm. Special thanks to Flour Garden Bakery for their donation of a delicious cake!  Enjoy live bluegrass music by the Folk Varmits!  For more information

Debbie Chapman getting volunteer of the year 2015

Pop Country Singer Songwriter Colleen Heauser Performing Opening Day at Nevada County Fair

        Wednesday August 10, 2016, Nevada County Fair

2:00pm on the Pine Street Stage

Singer songwriter Colleen Heauser is coming home for an afternoon performance, to sing in front of her home town. If you, a friend or relative haven’t had the opportunity to see this up and coming County singer now is your chance as she comes home to Grass Valley for a one day performance. This year’s Nevada County Fair goers can see Colleen sing and her band play Wednesday, August 10, from 2:00-3:30pm on the Pine Tree stage at the Nevada County Fair.

Colleen Heauser has recently opened for well known entertainers such as: Dan + Shay; The Eli Young Band; Jerrod Niemann and more. Her 2015-2016 Tour Highlights include: Gilley’s | Nugget Casino Resort, Reno, NV; Red Hawk Casino, Placerville, CA; Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, South Lake Tahoe, NV; The Silver Legacy, Reno, NV; Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, CA; Gold Country Casino, Oroville, CA; San Joaquin County Fair; Yuba-Sutter Fair; Amador County Fair; Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA; Wild Horse Casino, Pendleton, OR; Cargo Concert Hall Reno, NV; The Ranch 1917, San Miguel, CA and more!

26-year-old, Colleen Heauser raised in Grass Valley, has a passion for music and writing songs. She began performing and writing during her college years. Using the boldest colors from across many genres as her palate and country as her canvas, Heausers’ stories are vivid paintings that can be gleefully fun, tearfully heartbreaking and a perfect balance of modern and timeless.

“I’ve always had a love for music of all kinds” says Ms Heauser and she adds, “When it comes to writing and playing music, there’s something about that connection you feel when the guitar resonates on your tummy or the piano hits just right. It’s beautiful.” Colleen feels, she is growing as an artist and as a person every day. She says, “Each time I step on stage I try to do one thing that scares me.” Her songs and music appeal to all ages.

Everyone is invited to see Colleen Heauser on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, for opening day on the Pine Tree Stage, 2:00 -3:30pm, at our Nevada County Fair.


The Center for the Arts Presents Darrell Scott Wednesday, August 10th

An Evening With Darrell Scott

Wednesday, August 10th, 8:00pm

For ticket information go to The Center for the Arts

“At the beginning of the 2000s, Darrell Scott was making his name as a songwriter of idiosyncratic and uncommonly soulful tunes like “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “Long Time Gone,” later recorded by Travis Tritt and the Dixie Chicks, respectively. His instrumental talent also earned him numerous session and touring gigs, while his own recordings landed him a devoted following.” – Rolling Stone
Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist (he plays 13 instruments!), and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell delivers his soulful performances in solo, duo, trio, band, and string quintet configurations, all equally dynamic and powerful. Darrell will be touring in 2016 in support of his new CD “Couchville Sessions.” Songwriting credits include the Grammy Award winning “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town.” When not on tour with his own shows, Darrell plays in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.

Career Highlights:
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song – “Long Time Gone” Dixie Chicks 2003
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance – “The Second Mouse” 2001
Americana 2007 Song of the Year – “Hank Williams’ Ghost”
Rolling Stone Magazine listed Theatre of the Unheard as one of the 2003 Critics Top Albums
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2001
Songs recorded by over 70 artists including: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw …
Recorded With: Steve Earle, Kate Rusby, Joan Baez, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jon Pousette-Dart, Ginny Hawker, Malcolm Holcombe, John McCusker, Allison Moorer, Jessie Alexander, Randy Travis…
the old country music of cheating, drinking, working, longing- pre-garth, pre-video, pre-urban-cowboy country music – the voice of working people- people of the land – it is their poetry…country music and king james – the country music cuts the deepest
my people came from kentucky- poor tobacco farmers of first half 20th century and harlan county coal miners decades ahead of that – descendants of scots & irish – they brought their music with them
from silver haired daddy to momma’s hungry eyes i was baptized in country music – our first vacation (after my dad working in gary, indiana steel mills for 6 years) was to nashville, tn. & the grand ole opry we’d been listening to on radio – i got my first instrument at a pawn shop on broadway (1965) the following year, my mom dressed her kentucky best and marched into the 4 big labels in nashville (rca, capitol, columbia, decca) and got as far as the desk receptionist to leave a 45 of Wayne Scott & The 3 Ds (my brothers and i were the 3Ds) – i was 7 then – country music was the background music of my childhood
this is a country recording- 16 songs that travel as far back as 30 years- 2 songs (The Country Boy and You’re Everything I Wanted Love To Be) written at 16, with my dad, Wayne Scott, when he rented a cabin in big bear lake, california just for us to write (we each finished the others’ song) – there is a duet with Guy Clark (Out In The Parking Lot) on a song Guy & i wrote together – there are guest vocals from Rodney Crowell (Hopkinsville), Tim Obrien & John Cowan (No Love In Arkansas & Too Close Too Comfort), and Patty Griffin (You’ll Be With Me All The Way)
i recorded the album at home where we sat up around the grand piano where THE pianist of country music, Hargus “pig” Robbins, presided (pig started recording in Nashville in 1957 – the 1st hit he played on: George Jones’ ‘White Lightnin’) – on drums, my kayak/bicycling friend, Kenny Malone, a studio legend since 1975 (his 1st hit was Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’) – on upright bass: Dennis Crouch (we’d played together in Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes & Dennis has played on virtually all T Bone Burnett’s recordings for the last 10 years & toured with Elvis Costello, Elton John, Robert Plant & Alisson Krauss) – we 4 were the tracking band – then i stayed with legends: Lloyd Green on pedal steel (Don Williams, Charlie Pride), on harmonicas: Charlie McCoy (everyone from Dylan to Cash) & Mickey Raphael (Willie) – then singers, Marcus Hummon, Jonell Mosser & Kathy Chiavola (from Dixie Chicks to Emmylou Harris) and mixed & mastered by Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Malcolm Holcomb)

“…it is country music how i remember it – with some of the players that made the very music that was both lifting & breaking my heart as a kid – what i find is the country music industry has changed, but country & working people have not changed so much- they still love country music when they hear it – i hope they get to hear this”
a long ride home
-darrell scott